Getting to Seattle

* Seattle Transportation Advisory *

- updated January 14, 2019 -

The Seattle highway construction is now underway and the Transportation Advisory is in effect.  This means the Seattle Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR 99 is under construction and can impact attendees of the Midwinter Meeting, specifically when arriving and departing the city.

The downtown area of Seattle is one of the most dynamic and alluring spaces — and the Convention Center is right in the heart of it. Because the group of hotels we’ve acquired for the conference are within walking distance to the Convention Center, your daily commute to and from the Convention Center should be impact-free. However, when driving throughout the city you may experience crowded roadways.

Travel Tips:

The general indication is that the commute from the Sea Tac Airport (in and out) could be the most timely or hectic. Taxis and ridesharing services could take longer and consequently be more expensive. It is certainly your choice in how to get to your hotel from the airport, but the less expensive option (approx. $3.25 one way) between the airport and hotels is the Link Light Rail service.

Directions: To get to the Link Light Rail station at the airport, proceed to the northeast corner of the airport. It can be reached by walking out of the airport into the main airport parking garage.  Follow the signage that directs you around the north end of the garage to the station. Feel free to ask airport staff for directions. NOTE: The parking garage is neither enclosed or heated, so dress warmly as it is over a block when walking to the station.

Once in the station as you head to the platform to catch the train, follow the signage DOWNTOWN or UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (north) – NOT the signage directing you to Angle Lake, which is south.

Expect an average of 35-40 minutes to the downtown area. When you arrive at the Westlake Center Station (which is approximately a 5-10 minute walk to the Convention Center), consider these tips to determine which way to head:

  • “Numbered” streets run north-south through downtown, while “Named’ streets run east-west. The Convention Center and nearby hotels will be “east” of Westlake Center station (away from the water and slightly uphill).
  • The stations and trains are ADA accessible, but there is a 5-10 minute walk to your hotel once you’ve reached the surface street, and the walk again will be uphill.
  • Between 8:00pm and 6:00am, traffic should lessen and ridesharing service options (Lyft, and Uber) and Taxis are certainly an option. Please also consider “buddying up” with someone you know. 

When heading to the airport, be sure to give yourself at least an extra 45-60 minutes. (On a side-note, we encourage you to give yourself additional time due to potential long TSA lines, as a result of the Government Shutdown). Stay connected to our social media via our hashtag (#alamw19).  Should changes/updates occur while we’re at the Midwinter Meeting, we will communicate on the ALA Midwinter Meeting Twitter.

Link Light Rail and other transportation details can be found here.

A Special Discount from Lyft!

Lyft will offer an exclusive discount to all Midwinter Meeting attendees.
Get 20% off of two rides (a savings of up to $5 each ride).
The offer is available January 23 through January 31.

Click here to sign up and use promo code ALA2019.

REAL ID Enforcement | Homeland Security

As of January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Please see TSA’s website for a list of acceptable forms of identification. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual. For a list of states already in compliance or with an extension visit DHS’s REAL ID webpage. DHS continually updates this list as more states come into compliance or obtain extensions.  

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. A REAL ID compliant license is one that meets, and is issued by a state that complies with, the REAL ID Act’s security standards.  

Travelers can check DHS’s REAL ID webpage at any time to learn if your state is compliant and can check with your state’s agency that issues driver’s licenses about how to acquire a compliant license. The earlier your state becomes compliant, the more likely you will be able to acquire a compliant license as part of the normal renewal cycle.

Save on airfare when you book your travel

ALA has partnered with United Airlines to offer a 'special meeting' discount, exclusive to ALA attendees and guests attending a sponsored event.

Save from 2% to 10% on select fares when traveling on our partner airlines. For more information, contact:


Gant Travel Management



GANT Travel Management Office:

Toll-free: 877-786-0957
Direct:  224-205-7189
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 6:00pm (Central)

Service fees apply.

Partnered Airline

United Airlines


United offers discounts from 2% to 10% off applicable fares.  Discounts apply on United Airlines and flights operated by United or other airlines branded United Express, Lufthansa, and All Nippon Airways.  Applicable restrictions apply.

Must be booked online at UNITED.COM - click on all search options and enter in box "Promotions and Certificates" at the bottom of the page, code ZFZE418322

SpotHero Parking

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Booking parking in advance is convenient and affordable through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.  To reserve your parking spot for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, visit the Washington State Convention Center SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.